Sewing this skirt has convinced me that Lekala truly are the answer to the straight woven skirt. As far as my body is concerned, anyway. This is Lekala 5264, also known as the “Two-Seam Skirt”.
Okay, as part of an outfit photo you really can’t see why this is so great. So here are some more photos.
Firstly, the fabric. This is a vintage wool that was a gift, and I had JUST enough to cut the front and back with checks matching. But as you can see, there wasn’t enough to make the waistband match as well, unfortunately. But since it will never be seen again outside of this blog post, it doesn’t matter all that much. It was lovely fabric to work with – ah wool, such a dream. And that lovely wool smell when you steam it!
This is a super simple skirt, with a front piece that has darts for shaping, a back piece also with darts for shaping, and a waistband. There is a zip set into the side seam. That’s it. I chose to do a lapped zipper, and sewed it by machine. I also decided to line the skirt.
The back darts were much deeper than the front ones, as appropriate for my shape. The waistband could have been a fraction longer, to give a bit more overlap to do it up at the side. I also added lace to the skirt hem before hand-sewing it to secure it. Mum always used to do that to her skirts, all of which had hand-sewn hems. I think of her whenever I catch a glimpse inside this skirt.
This is a free Lekala pattern. Enter your measurements – and be accurate when taking them – and the pattern is emailed to you in whichever sized pdf format you specify. I love the pot gut feature – actually known as full hip or belly protuberance. It gives me that extra room that I need in the front of my skirts. Lekala, you win again.